I am getting a RFA at C7-T2. I have had neck pain for around 3 years after a couple car accidents. The MRI showed that I have a congenital fusion at C5-6 and two bulging discs at C3-4 and C4-5. I had an x-ray a few years later and discovered a cervical rib on both sides which is contributing to my thoracic outlet syndrome. I have had 3 facet joint injections. The first two did not help at all. The first one was C3-C6, the second one was occipital area and C1-3, and the last one was C7-T2. The first two did not help at all but the last one helped my pain about 80% improvement but it only lasted a few days.
My doctor said that a RFA would be the next step. I am getting it done tomorrow and am getting worried about the the side effects and the pain afterwards. My doctor said it could be weeks of burning sensations and pretty bad pain that will require medication. I have been reading other posts of people who have had similiar symptoms after the RFA. I was wondering if anyone could let me know if this procedure has helped them and for how long and how bad the pain afterwards is (like am I going to be able to drive my car, work, or is it really bad that you have to take some time off of work?)
Thank you for your help!